by Art Piccio . October 15th, 2015
Ask anyone what the most important leadership qualities are and you’ll likely get cliches like “honesty”, “delegation”, “integrity”, “communications skills”, “creativity”, or “a positive attitude”.
No one denies that these are important. But in the real world, it’s the little things that make the difference between someone who manages and someone who is a leader to their core.
Here are some a few underrated qualities of leaders. Some of it was gleaned from this great Quora thread, others from a quick poll via social media. There’s plenty of overlap, and we tried to cut that down. But words can mean different things to some people, we’ve decided to leave a few arguable ones in.
If you feel leadership is not for you, think again. You do not have to manage people to be a leader. A leader can also be one who has mastered themselves. In a time when so many people have no idea what they’re doing or what direction their life is taking, the few who have control even of their own selves by extension can grow into great leaders of other people.
What underrated leadership traits do you find important? Comment below!
Arthur Piccio manages YouTheEntrepreneur and has managed content for major players in the online printing industry. He was previously BizSugar's contributor of the week. His work has appeared multiple times on The New York Times' You're the Boss Small Business Blog. He enjoys guitar maintenance and reading up on history and psychology in his spare time.
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